That’s how I feel sometimes when people comment on my body. I eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables, I work hard at the gym, I get lots of sleep … I do everything I’m supposed to do to live the healthiest life. And as a result, I’m happy with my body. Very happy! I’m healthy. I’m proud of myself – because while I was never overweight when I was in high school and college, I wasn’t always leading the healthiest, most balanced lifestyle.
But I get so frustrated when some people make snap judgements about me. Some people look at me … and because I fit comfortably into a size 4 … they just assume “that girl doesn’t eat” or “that girl is a gymaholic”. I’ve received this from family, friends and even coworkers (one in particular says it regularly). Or, on the flip side of not eating at all … friends have watched me enjoy a plate of pasta and a cupcake for dessert and then said, “you must have a really high metabolism, because there’s no way you can eat that sort of stuff and look like you do without one”.
My metabolism tends to work at a higher rate because I get off my butt and WORK OUT. And I can enjoy a plate of spaghetti and a delicious dessert because I believe in balance. I’m not going to deprive myself from things I enjoy (hello, chocolate and carbs!). I just know how to do it right.
People I haven’t seen in a while? They say “oh my goodness, there’s nothing to you!”. That’s most definitely not true. I’m strong, I have muscle. There’s A LOT to me.
I don’t go through life fishing for compliments from others. I live my lifestyle for me, because it makes me feel good. And because of this outlook, I really shouldn’t let those words distract me. But they do sometimes, I’m only human.
If you’re going to comment on my body … don’t put me in that category of people who have come to look like they do through unhealthy means.
Don’t reflect your unhappiness with your self-image by cutting me down. Also, there’s a BIG difference between being thin and being fit. I am fit. Stop telling me I’m skinny.
Maybe this post doesn’t make any sense. If you read this and it just seems like a big jumble of words, I apologize. Come back tomorrow for something more lighthearted and coherent I just wanted to get this off my chest, and the last thing I want to do is come across as having a “holier than thou” sort of attitude. I just want to know if anyone else feels the same way.
Do you put work into living a healthy life, and people assume (because they might be uneducated or have a poor view of their own body) that you are unhealthy? Do you let it get to you like I do sometimes?